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Did Russia Interfere with Trump's Campaign Win?

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Claim: Russia interfered with 2016 Presidential Election.

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Status: True

Summary: In November 2016, Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States. The 2016 presidential race and election was very eventful. There were hacks and leaks of information. In October 2016, the U.S. government announced in October that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations of the Democratic Party, which resulted in the public release of stolen emails and damaging revelations about the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton. There is an on-going investigation into all possible hacking events done by Russia during this election.

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Origin and Prevalence

On June 14h, 2016, The Washington Post first claimed that Russia had hacked into the computer network of the Democratic Party, gaining access to the complete database of oppositional research for the GOP. On July 22nd, 2016, WikiLeaks published a series of hacked emails taken from the DNC. On July 25th, the FBI announced it's investigation towards the hack.

At the beginning of these rumors, Donald Trump was in full denial of these claims, and often asked investigators why they "hadn't looked into it earlier", and claimed that "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again'". After months of denying these rumors of Russia interfering with Trump's Campaign win, he officially accepts the CIA's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential campaign. Controversy still surrounded the CIA's investigation around Russia's cyber hacks, and Republican Chairman Richard M. Burr says that "this investigation's scope will go wherever the intelligence leads."

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Issues and Analysis

According to the Washington Post, the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Washington Post gained access to the full transcript in which the director of the FBI, Jim Comey, and the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Rogers, spoke on the involvement of Russia in the election. The two are very involved in the on-going investigations. While they couldn't release all of the details and procedures, they were able to confirm or deny some claims. Russia__has a long history of meddling in other countries, election systems, and launching cyber attacks on a wide range of countries and industries. Russia hacked databases and publicly released information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton, whom Putin despised, and in turn benefited Donald Trump's campaign. While Russia hacked databases and released information, there is no evidence that Russia changed vote tallies in different states.

Yes, Russia did interfere with the 2016 presidential election by hacking databases and releasing information to the public.

According to Reuters, Trump acknowledged that Russia played a role in the U.S. election hacking, after numerous accounts of him trying to deny and sway the attention of Russian hackers onto something else. (Jan 9 2017)


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